Marvel has officially confirmed that production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has begun. And with the commencement of principal photography, a number of new additions to the cast have also been confirmed. Kurt Russell has signed on to play, presumably, Quill’s father, and Pom Klementieff has joined the roster as Mantis. Read on for all of the details!
With the original Guardians of the Galaxy becoming such a massive hit, rumours hit the internet hard and fast as to who the newest members of the Guardians would be. Kurt Russell’s name has been flying around the production for quite some time and we now have official confirmation that he will indeed be playing a role in the sequel. Word as to whether he will be playing Quill’s alien father or a different character all together, but considering his rumoured attachment mentioned him in the role, I think it’s safe to assume we will see Russell as the long lost father Quill has been searching for.
As for the newest addition to the core Guardians group, Pom Klementieff has been confirmed to be playing Mantis, the telepathic bug lady with a penchant for martial arts. As with Russell, this news isn’t completely surprising. But it is nice to know that the rumour mill has churned out something concrete for once.
Other additions to the GotG Vol.2 cast include Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”) and Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”). James Gunn has also confirmed the return of Glenn Close as Nova Prime. From the teaser image posted above, the team looks largely the same, with the exception of Groot. Looking a little more robust than when we last saw him, Groot seems to be the one perched atop another members soldiers. Having Baby Groot around is sure to make the team dynamic a little different, if not more adorable.
Here is the official press release from Marvel:
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan(“The Knick,” “The Drop”) Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Golden Compass”); production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Tomorrowland”); editors Fred Raskin (“The Hateful Eight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Craig Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”); three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “The Avengers”).
The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy®.
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